Sunday 11 December 2016

Irish quartet stay in hunt

Published 13/08/2010 | 05:00

Chris Selfridge and Dermot McElroy, two of the stars of Ireland's home international success last week, surged into the last 32 of the British Boys Championship at Kilmarnock

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(Barassie) yesterday.

Selfridge, from Moyola Park, was in superb form as he dominated his match with England's Oscar Sharpe, who, as a 14-year-old, was predicted to have a brilliant future after winning major junior events.

But the Irish teenager was much too good for him, racing into a four-hole advantage and going onto complete a 6&4 triumph.

Ballymena's McElroy had a somewhat trickier clash with German Sebastian van den Hoff and had to pull out the stops to record a 2&1 success.

He now faces another Irishman, Alex Gleeson from Castle, who played in last month's Junior Open. Gleeson was involved in a tremendous battle with Welsh Boys champion Oliver Baker.

The Irish international squeezed home on the final green.

To complete a splendid day for the Irish, Jeff Hopkins, the Youths championship runner-up from Skerries, in north Dublin, moved into the last 32 with a 2&1 defeat of Frederik Hammer from Denmark and he now faces England's Jamie Rutherford.

The only Irish casualty was Jamie Richardson from Royal Portrush, who went down by 4&3 to Spaniard Adrian Otaegui.

Irish Independent

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